An E-2D Hawkeye assigned to the Tigertails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125 flies over Naval Station Norfolk on 20 March 2014. The unit is assigned to Carrier Air Wing 1 that will board aircraft carrier CVN71 USS Theodore Roosevelt (Image © Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ernest R. Scott / US Navy)

US Navy’s best AWACS now fully operational

An E-2D Hawkeye assigned to the Tiger Tails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125 flies over Naval Station Norfolk on 20 March 2014. The unit is assigned to Carrier Air Wing 1 that will board aircraft carrier CVN71 USS Theodore Roosevelt (Image © Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ernest R. Scott / US Navy)
An E-2D Hawkeye assigned to the Tigertails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125 flies over Naval Station Norfolk on 20 March 2014. The unit is assigned to Carrier Air Wing 1 that will board aircraft carrier CVN71 USS Theodore Roosevelt (Image © Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ernest R. Scott / US Navy)

Airborne Early Warning Squadron 125 (VAW-125) based at NAS Norfolk became the first US Navy squadron to be fully operational with Northrop Grumman E-2D Hawkeye, the most advanced AWACS of the American shipborne air power, on 27 March 2014.

The “Tigertails” – the nickname of VAW-125 – are now tasked to use this newest asset in keeping an aircraft carrier group out of harm’s way, providing the eyes and ears of the fleet long before the fleet itself arrives.

Hawkeyes are able to coordinate concurrent missions which may arise during a single flight. These missions can include airborne strike, ground force support, rescue operations and managing a reliable communications network capable of supporting drug interdiction operations. Each USN E-2D squadron will operate four, sometimes five Hawkeyes.

Source: US Navy

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